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Payment of Private Counsel Fees Under the Department of Justice Representation Program

Headnotes: 

Whether fee statements submitted to the government by private counsel retained to represent a government employee may be disclosed to the public without violating applicable ethical standards depends upon the facts of each case.

The governmen t’s practice of paying some fees and expenses charged by private counsel but not paying others does not present a substantial ethical question, as long as the practice is clearly understood by the employee-clients and their private attorneys.

Updated July 9, 2014